Presumptive Exclusion of Breath Tests Ends in OUI Cases

Presumptive Exclusion of Breath Tests Ends in OUI Cases By: Pat Murphy July 30, 2019 The results of the breath test in Massachusetts has not been used since August of 2017 in Massachusetts OUI cases. Back in 2014, there was litigation challenging the source code and the reliability of the 9510 breath test machine. However, after the initial litigation ended, it was uncovered that the government did not turn over roughly 400 documents that were relevant in that hearing. As a result of this discovery, the commonwealth stopped using the breath test results in Massachusetts in 2017.  On Jan. 9, Brennan issued
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Longtime Lowell law firm moves to N. Andover

By Dan O’Brien | Lowell Sun LOWELL — A longtime family law firm has moved its offices from Gorham Street to North Andover. After 20 years in Lowell, Berid & Schutzbank, LLC, recently made the move to 800 Turnpike St., Suite 304, in North Andover. In a phone interview Monday, managing member Eric Schutzbank said the move was made to create a more centralized location for a client base that has extended to the North Shore and into southern New Hampshire, as well as for “balance of work-life issues.” “I live here in North Andover, so this move allows me
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Lawyers say alimony reform a long time coming

Alimony reform in Massachusetts is an issue that has been discussed for years. On March 1, 2012, a new alimony law went into effect that completely changes the law in Massachusetts. Under the old law, the Court had no authority to set durational limits for even the shortest of marriages. The new law establishes durational limits and establishes various classes of alimony. It also provides those paying under the old law the right to seek a modification or termination of alimony where appropriate.  Following is the article from the Lowell Sun in which I am quoted discussing the need for
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Attorney Schutzbank Named 2010 Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Berid & Schutzbank is proud to announce that Attorney Eric Schutzbank was recently named as a 2010 Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. The Rising Star accommodation recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state, for those who are 40 years old or younger. Rising Star attorneys are selected based upon a variety of criteria including including experience, clients, peer review, judicial review, settlements, trials, verdicts, honors and awards, certifications, publications and other outstanding achievements. You may view Attorney Schutzbank’s Super Lawyers profile.
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Lowell Team Wins National Mock Trial Competition

The following is not legal advice. It is information concerning the steps involved in various legal matters. If you need legal advice about your specific case or situation, please contact us to set up a low cost consultation. Lowell Team Wins National Mock Trial Competition Berid & Schutzbank is proud to have assisted the Greater Lowell Law Explorers Mock Trial Team in the annual Learning for Life National Mock Trial Tournament. Berid & Schutzbank congratulates the team on taking first place at the tournament, recently held at the American University in Washington, D. C. on Saturday, July 25th.
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The Dissolution of Marriage – April 2007

The following is not legal advice. It is information concerning the steps involved in various legal matters. If you need legal advice about your specific case or situation, please contact us to set up a low cost consultation. The Dissolution of a Marriage In Massachusetts divorce is initiated either by the filing of a Joint Petition for Divorce (where the parties have reached a settlement in advance of filing) or by filing a Complaint for Divorce either claiming fault or no fault grounds. It is not necessary to show that your spouse has caused the divorce. Most divorces are filed
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